HMD 2015: Keep the memory alive

The Dreese Family: Keeping the memory alive

27 January 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is, therefore, particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory. 

Keep the memory alive' is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015. 

Since January 2011, The Holocaust Explained website has provided school students with many resources that help keep the memories of the Holocaust alive. 

The Holocaust Explained is honoured to be able to share the story of the Dreese family, a very normal Jewish family living in Amsterdam during the 1920s and 1930s. Watch and listen to the four videos. View the original documents and photographs in context.

Learn about the events witnessed and experienced by the Dreese family. Like so many living under German occupation, the family suffered great injustices at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. Discover and appreciate the concerns raised by their relatives in the UK. Learn how they sought to enable their loved ones to escape the Nazis, and how they also attempted to reduce the Dreese's suffering throughout the war. 

For many people we will never know the details, as a result their memories will sadly fade into history. 

However, as we do have access to key documents and photographs of the Dreese family we can gain an insight into the events of their lives within Nazi occupied Netherlands. The Holocaust explained website is a way of keeping these documents, photographs and memories in one place and also providing access to them.

In this way, it plays a key part in helping the Dreese family’s descendants keep their memories alive. We are so grateful to them for allowing us to use these original documents and images.

Help us to keep the memory alive

By watching the videos, reflecting on them and sharing the stories you too can help us to ‘Keep the memory alive’. In the near future we will providing suggested activities and resources to enable you to learn more from the Dreese family's experiences.

Please share this webpage with your fellow students, family and friends. You may wish to do this by using the social networking share buttons below. (Please, remember to use social networking safely and appropriately.)

There are many millions of Holocaust and genocide victims whose stories are yet to be told. Indeed, you may know of personal stories within your own family. Your parents, grandparents or relatives may have documents, photographs and stories that have not yet been shared with the world. Only by enquiring, researching and sharing these stories will we be able to 'Keep the memories alive'.


Holocaust Memorial Day

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is the charity that promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day across the UK. HMDT coordinates many hundreds of events across the UK. Other countries also have thier national remebrance organisations. You will find these very easily by using your chosen search engine. 

Click to visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's HMD 2015 page